UPDATE: On September 13, 2023, CDC recommended the 2023–2024 updated COVID-19 vaccines.

Visit CDC COVID-19 Vaccines webpage to learn more.

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On September 13, 2023, CDC updated COVID-19 vaccine recommendations. See below for key takeaways.

  • Updated COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for everyone 6 months and older and will be available by the end of this week at most places you would normally go to get your vaccines.
  • Older adults and persons with weakened immune systems are at greatest risk for hospitalization and death. In addition, healthy children and adults can still experience severe disease.
  • The updated vaccines should work well against currently circulating variants of COVID-19, including BA.2.86, and continue to be the best way to protect yourself against severe disease.
  • The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination continue to outweigh any potential risks. Serious reactions after COVID-19 vaccination are rare.
  • In one study, the risk of cardiac complications, including myocarditis, in males 12-17 years old was 1.8 – 5.6 times higher after COVID-19 infection than after COVID-19 vaccination.
  • The vaccines are covered by insurance, including private insurance, Medicare plans, and Medicaid plans. Uninsured children and uninsured adults also have access through the Vaccine for Children Program and Bridge Access Program, respectively.

On December 9th, 2022, CDC expanded the use of updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months-5 years. Please see the CDC and FDA media statements for additional information. Click here for the CDC COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

  • Approved or Authorized Vaccines: Three COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved for use in the United States to prevent COVID-19. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna are COVID-19 mRNA vaccines and are preferred. You may get Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in some situations.
  • Up to Date: If you have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received the most recent booster dose recommended for you by CDC.
  • Mixing COVID-19 Vaccine Products: The CDC does NOT recommend mixing COVID-19 vaccine products during your primary series. Click here to learn more about mixing COVID-19 Vaccine Products.
  • Bivalent: add Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 spike protein components to the current vaccine composition
  • HVHD COVID-19 Vaccine Cheat Sheet.


Updated: September 19, 2023

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